How To Overcome Chronic Disorganization

A number of Judith Kolberg’s clients had great trouble organizing things. That led her in coining and using the phrase “chronic disorganization”. Sooner, other professionals referred to the condition as being “situationally disorganized”.

Eventually, Kolberg’s pressing need to provide viable resources in overcoming the said “condition” prompted her to spearhead two landmark achievements in the field of psychology. First, she authored a book aptly titled “Conquering Chronic Disorganization”. Then, in 2001, she formed the National Study Group on Chronic Disorganization. The group became a proud conglomeration of over 900 professionals who work with clients experiencing chronic disorganization.

According to Kolberg, disorganization is a natural tendency. You lose control of things when something jarring happens, like a chronic illness, a sudden change in career, a reckless decision to get married, or an impulsive desire to start life anew. Other experts also note that chronic disorganization is typical to people who are highly functional, artistic, mentally-gifted, very sociable, talented, and full of life. Now, if left unattended over time, your being disorganized may continue to worsen. Things would certainly become more stressful. Here are some quick fixes you may try out:

Know “the root” of your being disorganized. For example, let’s say your suddenly routine got disrupted. You didn’t pay your bills on time. You missed your appointments. You work area became cluttered. You missed your project deadlines. A situation, an event, or a person might have prompted these occurrences. Identify the cause of your being disorganized. Once you have learned that, focus. Tell your self not to get affected by it. Vent out if needed. Talk to a co-worker, a family member, or a friend. Maybe, your attempt to keep your ill-feeling literally makes you feel ill.

Start getting organized again by doing things, one at a time. Being organized requires you to follow a specific set of procedures or a logical system of things. So, don’t rush. Know by heart which steps are to be taken first. Follow rules. Copy examples. Stick to what is expected. Apply short cuts and devise your own schemes after you have regained your composure and your organization skills became more reliable again.

Ask help. If running things became too complicated for you, it would be more practical to get the services of a professional organizer. Pair up or partner so someone is there to oversee what you need to accomplish in a particular period of time. If finding a professional organizer is too far out you, get help from a family member or a friend. You could make him your “organizing buddy”. Favor someone who is trustworthy.

Manage things around you. Clear your room or work area. Remove clutters. Throw you junks. Sort your stuff. Keep away things that you don’t use. Clean spaces indirectly influence your mind in thinking straight.

Online resources related to chronic disorganization are plentiful. In fact, one website maintains a bulletin board strictly for people who are looking for “clutter buddies”. Connect with various “clutterless recovery groups”. For more relevant information, kindly check out


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